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Studies Have Confirmed: Sugar, Models, and Clowns

Some health studies make headlines and they seem quite shocking and sad, like this one from CNN: Tweens Challenged by Grown-Up Malady: Breast Cancer. Others bring out my inner fourth grader, and my response to them is sophisticated "no duh." But stories are often more complicated than their headlines, and it is nice to have scientific studies confirm a few assumptions.

Kids' Cereals Pour on the Sugar and Sodium USA Today
A new study illustrates what we have long since learned by reading nutrition labels: cereals aimed at children have 85 percent more sugar, 65 percent less fiber, and 60 percent more sodium than cereal marketed to adults.

Models Strike a Chord in Self-EsteemNew York Times
A study to soon appear in the Journal of Consumer Research found that when women look at photos of models they think about their weight and their self-esteem is affected.

Talk on Your Cell, Risk Missing the Unicycling ClownCNET
Pedestrians talking on their cell phones were considerably less likely to notice the conspicuously dressed clown riding a unicycle compared with other pedestrians. If you have ever ridden a bike on a city street, chances are high you probably already know this. Extrapolate this data to drivers and realize you need to bike, run, and walk defensively.

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Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
I get more depressed about my body when I watch TV, because everyone looks like a size 4 on TV, regardless of how they look in real life.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
or TASTING the cereal?
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Yeah, I'm amazed at the kinds of research projects that the government is funding these days. Seriously, can't you figure out the cereal thing by just, ya know, comparing the labels?
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
Others bring out my inner fourth grader, and my response to them is sophisticated "no duh." -- LOL who funds this "research"??? isn't there, you know, cancer, AIDS, etc?
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
That story about the young girls with breast cancer is just heartbreaking.
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